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Egon Weiner: Pillar of Human Emotions

July 10 – September 19, 2014

Born and trained in Vienna, sculptor Egon Weiner (1906-1987) came to the United States in 1938 to escape Nazi persecution and served as professor of sculpture and life drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1945-1971). Best known for the 30-foot Pillar of Fire (1961), a bronze sculpture marking the origin of the 1871 Chicago Fire, Weiner once noted, “We want the emotions in art, the expression of that fire that burns in all of us.” Pillar of Human Emotions features sculptures from the Museum’s collection and a recently discovered selection of bronze, metal, and wooden pieces.

Public Reception: Thursday, July 10, 5 - 8 p.m.

Koehnline Museum of Art
Des Plaines campus


September - May
Mon - Fri, 10 am - 6 pm
Sat, 11 am - 4 pm

June - August
Mon - Thu, 10 am - 7 pm

For special visits call:

Nathan Harpaz, Ph.D.
Manager and Curator